From the Blog: Being an Assistant at Guldagergaard
Pictures by Rachel van Wagoner and Brittany Watson

"When I applied for the assistant position at Guldagergaard last February I thought it would be limited to the normal studio jobs like painting kiln shelves and firing kilns. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it included a variety of interesting projects and assignments. Every week I work for twenty hours with the studio manager, Richard, on whatever tasks he needs to accomplish. My remaining time has been for my personal studio practice and exploring Denmark. Sometimes the work time is filled with simple tasks like cleaning the kiln yard and preparing for a soda/wood firing. Other days I slip cast, glaze and put decals on the Guldagergaard cup designed by Richard, make specialty bricks for the restoration of a church in Copenhagen or carve out letters on a large sculpture made by a famous Danish artist intended for the sculpture park.
Whatever the project, I enjoy the opportunity this position has given me to learn. In my own studio practice I do not take the time to try new procedures that frequently. But as an assistant I have been exposed to a multiplicity of new ideas and techniques. Before coming here I had never done slip casting, but I am so glad to have learned more about that. Plus, I have had the chance to work more closely with the artists, as I assist the studio manager with their needs, and learn more about the technical aspects of a large group studio.
As my three-month stint comes to a close, I reflect on the valuable experiences I will take with me from this assistantship. The hard work as an assistant was a break from my routine. These past three years I have worked in a managed studio at Brigham Young University, where I attend school. I never have to do the typical studio jobs so the assistantship forced me be more focused in my precious spare studio time on specific projects I knew I wanted to accomplish. It redirected my focus and I am very pleased with the work I produced in these three months. I think this program deserves two thumbs-up, a high-five and a pat on the back. Thanks Guldagergaard."

By Rachel Van Wagoner (USA)
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